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Data Entry Operator Salary

For Data Entry Operators, hourly average wages total $12.17 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.32 per hour to $16.40. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Female Data Entry Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,519 - $45,555
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,738
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$9.32 - $16.40
(Median)
$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,519 - $45,555  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,280  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,927 - $38,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.32 - $16.40  
   
Overtime
$10.03 - $25.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,280  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,927 - $38,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475

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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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Data Entry Operators who advance into the role of an Office Manager are fairly uncommon. Office Managers on average earn $38K per year. Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists are common next-step roles for Data Entry Operators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Administrative Assistants is $4K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Data Entry Specialists.

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Data Entry Operators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Data Entry, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Employees educated in Data Entry are typically practiced in Typing, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Data Entry Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $25K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $30K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 15%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$27,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%
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